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The Amazing Story Behind Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Surprise Gift To His Dad

The Rock definitely doesn't forget the people who helped him to success.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is making a habit of showing his gratitude to the family members in his life who have helped him get where he is today by buying them awesome new cars then sharing their stories on Instagram.

Last year Johnson, the star of Disney’s latest hit film, Moanamade headlines for giving his Uncle Tonga, a former wrestler, a Ford F-150 truck to thank him for lending him a pair of wrestling shorts 20 years ago when he couldn’t afford his own.

Merry Christmas Uncle Tonga – enjoy your new truck! Cool Christmas story to share with y'all… Known my "Uncle Tonga" since I was 5yrs old. My grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia helped train him to become a professional wrestler in the 70's. Throughout Tonga's illustrious wrestling career he changed his name to "King Haku" and became one the WWE's most sought after "bad guys" and still known to this day for being one of the toughest and legit most vicious man in wrestling history. Years later and I get a call from WWE saying "Vince McMahon wants to see you wrestle immediately. He's flying you to RAW tomorrow and you'll have a tryout match." I thought holy shit that's awesome, buuuut there's a few problems: For me, I wasn't just having "a tryout match", because I had never actually HAD a real match in my life. Ever. WWE thought that I already had multiple matches under my belt, but little did they know. What they also didn't know was that I was broke as hell and didn't actually own wrestling gear – no boots, knee pads or most importantly.. wrestling trunks. I went to Sports Authority and bought some bright ass white volleyball knee pads, called my Uncle and asked if he had ANY trunks I could use for my tryout. He said all I have is a pair of shiny purple trunks (purple was his signature color), I told him I don't care if the trunks are all the colors of Skittles, I'll happily wear them. When I picked the trunks up from him I'll never forget the monster hug he gave me, look me in the eyes and said, "I'm so proud of you. Go get 'em nephew!" Here's the picture of me wrestling my FIRST MATCH EVER in Corpus Christi, TX in front of 15,000 people – proudly in my lucky purple trunks. And the rest… was history. My Uncle Tonga is a family man, humble man and champion. Most importantly one of the greatest human beings I know. So we walk outside and I said "Uncle how do you like my truck?" He said, "Whoooaaa nephew it's beautiful… I love it!" I said "Good 'cause it's yours." He was speechless. Thru tears (manly of course;) we monster hugged 'cause I'll never forget what he did for me when I had nothing. Merry Christmas Uncle and ofa atu. #LuckyPurpleTrunks

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This time, it’s Johnson’s father who is on the receiving end of Dwayne’s generosity. Last week, Johnson posted a picture of himself and his dad, Rocky Johnson. They’re standing in front of the brand new Ford Explorer Dwayne surprised his dad with for Christmas.

But it’s not just the gift itself that makes this post so special, it’s Johnson’s story in the caption explaining his father’s struggles.

When Rocky was 13, his father (Dwayne’s grandpa) passed away, making Rocky the proverbial head of the household. That Christmas, Rocky’s mom had her new boyfriend over for dinner.

The new boyfriend “got drunk” and debaucherous, Johnson says. “My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I’ll kill you.”

The boyfriend crossed the line. And Rocky rocked his world, knocking him unconscious with a block of ice.

You’d think the story would end with Rocky as the hero. Instead, cops were called and told Rocky’s mom that the boyfriend was going to kill 13-year-old Rocky the next time he saw him. The cops gave her a choice: Stay with the drunk boyfriend and force Rocky out of the house, or break up with the boyfriend and keep Rocky in her life.

She kicked Rocky out of the house—as a teenager.

“He needed the bare minimum then, just like he does now,” Johnson says. “Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work.”

You can read his entire post here:

Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He's had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive – which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother". I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. 😂👍🏾. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus🎅🏾

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